Fairleigh Dickinson University Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Programs

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health through Fairleigh Dickinson University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program and an RN to MSN program with 100 percent online coursework, no campus visit requirements, and practicums at approved facilities local to the student. Students outside New Jersey must submit clinical placement locations for approval.

Focus topics of the MSN curriculum include advanced research, development of theory, evidence-based practice, pharmacology, pathophysiology, family systems, nursing philosophies, and the study of primary care. Graduates will be able to assess and diagnose patients from infants to the elderly and every age in between. Before graduation, FNP nursing students will demonstrate key knowledge of a diverse set of medical conditions, be able to properly utilize information technology to conduct medical research, create treatment plans for patients, educate patients, families, and communities in preventative medicine, and apply research to practice.

Students who hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can complete the RN to MSN program, transferring in up to 90 credits. No BSN will be awarded, rather students will graduate with an MSN degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Additional focus courses include statistics, healthcare economics, bioethics, community health nursing, and healthcare management.

The Fairleigh Dickinson MSN – FNP program can be completed in three years full-time and up to five years part-time. Students complete at least 640 clinical hours for a diverse set of hands-on practice across the lifespan. Applicants must have at least one year of nursing experience. Included in requirements for nursing students are CPR certification, liability insurance, drug screening, background checks, the proper immunizations, an RN license, and evidence of meeting the Medical Compliance Requirements.

Graduates of the MSN-FNP and RN to MSN bridge program will be eligible to take the certification exam to become a licensed FNP through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The online FNP programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Fairleigh Dickinson University is located in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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What to Expect from the Fairleigh Dickinson University Online FNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN program must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. An RN license with no encumbrances is required either in New Jersey or the state of residence of the distance education student. Other requirements include CPR certification, liability insurance, drug screening, background checks, required immunizations, and evidence of meeting the Medical Compliance Requirements.

Online applications must include a copy of the RN license, official transcripts, a resume or CV, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must have completed a health assessment course as well as have one year of clinical nursing experience. No GRE or GMAT is required.

Applicants to the RN to MSN FNP program must hold an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All other requirements listed above apply.

State Restrictions: Fairleigh Dickinson University currently accepts students from all states into their MSN – FNP and RN to MSN programs, including California which does not require authorization. However, some states may have practicum requirements that cannot be met through the program, therefore, applicants outside of New Jersey should check with their state Board of Nursing to be sure of the practicum requirements in their state while attending an out-of-state university. In addition, students should contact the Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health to ensure they meet the qualifications for distance learning through Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Study Plan: FNP courses last eight weeks each, and there are six start dates land in the Fall, Spring, and summer. The MSN can be completed in three years on a full-time basis and up to five years on a part-time basis. The RN to MSN program takes three to five years to complete. Some courses may run up to 16 weeks. There are no on-site requirements and clinicals are completed local to the student.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 37 credits and 640 clinical hours. The nursing core includes Introduction to Advanced Nursing Philosophies, Theories, Roles, and Issues; Theory Development and Advanced Research; and Masters Project. The advanced nursing practice courses include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I-II; Advanced Nursing: Primary Care Practicum I-II; Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I-II; Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care Practicum I-II; and Family Systems.

RN to MSN Curriculum: The online RN to MSN program comprises 64 credits with 66 credits transferred from an ADN degree. Students can transfer up to 90 credits into the program. Completion of at least 640 clinical hours is also required to complete the program. Bridge courses include Health Assessment I and Lab; Statistics; Healthcare Economics; Bioethics; Professional Nurse in the 21st Century; Community Health Nursing; Healthcare Management; Nursing Research; and Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice: Philosophy and Theories. All other courses follow the curriculum listed above for the MSN – FNP.

Online Experience: Courses for the online MSN – FNP and RN to MSN programs are asynchronous allowing for the maximum flexibility for students and are delivered through Blackboard. Student interaction includes discussion boards, email, web conferencing, journals, WebLogs, and chat. The Webcampus allows students to access class materials, submit assignments, view reference materials, recorded videos, readings, and case studies, and interact with faculty and peers. Weekly lessons run from Sunday to the following Saturday, keeping students on track with clear expectations each week. Students should have an up-to-date computer, high-speed internet access, and Microsoft Office 2007 or later. Online students have access to similar services as on-campus students including academic advising, faculty office hours, career counseling, library services, an online bookstore, and technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the MSN – FNP or RN to MSN programs as all coursework is 100 percent online and clinical preceptorships are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Online MSN – FNP Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University charges $825 per credit plus fees for the online MSN – FNP program. The RN to MSN program costs $725 per credit plus fees. Interested nursing students should contact The Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health through the university for updated tuition information.

Online MSN students may be eligible for federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans. This will be determined through submission and review of the FAFSA. Since certain employers offer tuition reimbursement programs or tuition discounts, nursing students are encouraged to check with their employers. Additional opportunities for funding may be found through community or organizational scholarships and grants.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers MSN – FNP programs with RN and BSN entry points, focusing on a diverse set of topics including family systems, theory development, nursing philosophies, research, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and evidence-based practice.

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Campus Address

1000 River Road
Teaneck, New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

6 Start Dates – 2 Fall, 2 Spring, 2 Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

37

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

37

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,525.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,525.00

Fairleigh Dickinson University – RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

6 Start Dates – 2 Fall, 2 Spring, 2 Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

64

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

64

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$46,400.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$46,400.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.